Metacritic Movie Ratings
Cinema Paradiso Reviews

4.0

80

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 100

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames Berardinelli

    This film is sometimes funny, sometimes joyful, and sometimes poignant, but it's always warm, wonderful, and satisfying. Cinema Paradiso affects us on many levels, but its strongest connection is with our memories.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Los Angeles TimesMichael Wilmington

    It's a shining valentine to the movies--full of homages, collages and swooningly romantic Ennio Morricone music--and it gets right at the messy, impure, wondrous way they capture and enrapture us. [16 February 1990, Calendar, p.F-1]

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  • 100

    out of 100

    TimeRichard Schickel

    Remain open to fantasies but not be consumed by them. These are good lessons for a would-be director. They are good lessons for everybody. And no recent movie has taught them with more patient sweetness. [Feb. 5, 1990]

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

    Anyone who loves movies is likely to love Cinema Paradiso.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayMike Clark

    Lovely “memory'' film. [2 March 1990, Life, p.4D]

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago TribuneDave Kehr

    A few moments of sly inspiration are not enough to carry an entire feature; along with the tears, it leaves behind an aftertaste of phoniness. [16 March 1990, Friday, p.H]

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